The Pilates Method dates to World War I when performer and boxer Joseph Pilates began teaching his original system of floor exercises, which we now know as “mat work”. During the war, Pilates was a nurse, and in that capacity, he began to develop additional exercises that are now done on equipment called the Cadillac and the Reformer. He developed these unique technologies by using springs from hospital beds to create resistance training for immobilized patients. Incorporated into all the exercises he devised were principles he developed through years of studying yoga, Zen, and ancient physical culture. As a result, his method incorporates the mind/body connection.
For many years this method was known primarily to dancers, who responded to the method’s emphasis on control, form, and precision, as well as breath, concentration, centering, and flow. The techniques taught in Pilates are now embraced not just by dancers, but by athletes and those seeking a lifelong system of exercise that is therapeutic, challenging, and progressive.
Whether you’re an elite athlete or a pure beginner, you can benefit. The secret is non-impact resistance, which eliminates stress on your joints, making Pilates safe, versatile, and effective for all ages and fitness levels. Pilates is the perfect complement to any aerobic routine.
Simultaneously strengthened and lengthened, your muscles become longer and leaner, acquiring optimal strength and flexibility. The result is a body that is upright, balanced, and agile, free of old tensions and ready to take on new endeavors. Clients range from post-rehab to pregnant to post-partum to professional athletes to everyone in between. The ability to work to the best of your ability is what Pilates offers you.